MSI RX 580 Armor OC 8GB Graphics Card Review and Gaming Benchmarks

Updated on February 20, 2018
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MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC 8GB Graphics Card

Hello everyone. Will here and today, I am bringing you my review of the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC, 8GB model graphics card. This graphics card is AMD’s offering that was their top end card for a while but only competed with the nVidia GTX 1060 graphics card. For this article, I bring you a quick review and some benchmarks as well as my thoughts on whether you should purchase this card or not. So, without more delay, let’s get to this.

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The AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card was released in April 2017 and was the successor to their popular RX 480 graphics card. AMD did not do much to the card except for boosting the core clocks. The RX 580 only offered slightly better performance than the RX 480 graphics card but was over 50% faster than the R9 series cards. In this review, I tested the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC 8GB model and tested 8 games. The MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC comes out of the box with 2304 stream processors, a base/boost clock of 1366MHz, a memory clock of 8000MHz, and sports 8GB of GDDR5 video memory. The Armor OC supports a maximum of 4 total displays via its 2 DisplayPorts, 2 HDMI ports, and single DL-DVI-D port. The card is powered by a single 8-pin power connector and draws just 150 watts TDP.

Specifications and Test System

So, those are the specifications of the MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC, what exactly did I test for this review. Well, as stated above, I tested 8 total games, all triple A titles, at 1080p on the highest in-game settings for each game. All games were given a total of 10 runs and an average was taken for each in both minimum FPS and average FPS. Each game was tested over a span over several days and each run had a 15 minute break between them.

For the test system, I once again used my Intel Core i7-7700K system. The system includes the Intel Core i7-7700K clocked at 4.9GHz cooled by the Corsair H60 all-in-one liquid CPU cooler. The system is built on the MSI Z270 Tomahawk motherboard and sports 16GB of DDR4 RAM clocked at 2800MHz in dual channel configuration. Now, let’s get to the results.

Gaming Benchmarks

First up in this benchmark session is the “oldie but goldie,” Grand Theft Auto V. This game is known more for its use of CPUs more than GPUs but is still popular today, several years after release. In my round of testing, GTA V came away with a minimum FPS of 87 and an average frame rate of 105. The next game in testing was Witcher III: Wild Hunt. I did enable nVidia hair works for testing. The game ran okay running a minimum FPS of 44 FPS and 49 FPS on average. Next, I tested Rise of the Tomb Raider which pushed 47 FPS minimum and 65 FPS on average. Far Cry Primal came next with a minimum FPS of 54 and an average FPS of 65. Overwatch achieved a minimum of 78 FPS and an average of 96 FPS. Doom pulled a minimum of 161 FPS and an average of 192 FPS. Battlefield 1 was up next and pushed a minimum of 82 FPS and an average of 91 FPS. Finally, rounding out testing was Destiny 2. The game achieved 77 FPS minimum and an average of 100 FPS.

Gaming Benchmarks

Game
Minimum FPS
Average FPS
GTA V
87
105
Witcher III: Wild Hunt (Hairworks Enabled)
44
49
Rise of the Tomb Raider
47
65
Far Cry Primal
54
65
Overwatch
78
96
Doom
161
192
Battlefield
82
91
Destiny 2
77
100

Conclusion and Final Thoughts

So, there you have it. The MSI Radeon RX 580 Armor OC 8GB graphics card performs fairly well in modern triple A games but is nothing to really write home about. An average of the average frame rates across the 8 games tested was 95 FPS which is good but for the current price of the card, it is terrible. The card currently is selling on Newegg for over $600 and I purchased this one for $450 shipped to my door. Averaging that out, you get around 1.7 frames per dollar compared to the MSRP average of 3.2 frames per dollar. If I were to put a price on this card, I would price it around $200 giving you nearly 4 frames per dollar spent. Also, this card is nothing special as it’s very plain, has 2 fans, is black and white, and has no back plate. Would I recommend this card? Right now, no, I would not but if you can pick one up for $200 then, yes, go for it. All in all, I’m okay with this card at the original MSRP of around $240 but I would not pay much more for the card, if anything more.

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